Carey Price made 26 saves for his eighth shutout of the season and 12th overall as the Montreal Canadiens beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 on Saturday.
Tomas Plekanec, Travis Moen and Mike Cammalleri scored for Montreal. The Canadiens, two points behind fifth-place Boston in the Eastern Conference standings, have won six of their past seven games.
Price has only allowed seven goals in starting the past six games.
The Canadiens were without Max Pacioretty, who sustained a severe concussion and fractured vertebra on Tuesday from a hard hit by the Boston Bruins’ Zdeno Chara.
RED WINGS 5, BLUES 3
In St Louis, Missouri, Pavel Datsyuk scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period as Detroit came back to beat St Louis after squandering a two-goal lead.
Jimmy Howard earned his NHL-leading 17th road win for the Red Wings, who have won two straight after a season-worst four-game losing streak.
Ruslan Salei, Darren Helm, Niklas Kronwall and Justin Abdelkader also scored for Detroit.
Adam Cracknell scored his first NHL goal for the Blues, while David Backes and Matt D’Agostini each added a goal to even the score at 3-3 early in the third before Detroit pulled away.
MAPLE LEAFS 4, SABRES 3
In Toronto, Mikhail Grabovski and Phil Kessel scored in a 2 minute, 33 second span early in the third period to lead Toronto past Buffalo.
Clarke MacArthur and Tyler Bozak also scored to help Toronto end a three-game losing streak and move back within four points of the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
Mike Weber, Jochen Hecht and Jordan Leopold scored for Buffalo, who finished their seven-game road trip 4-2-1.
THRASHERS 5, FLYERS 4, OT
In Philadelphia, Ron Hainsey scored 1 minute, 17 seconds into overtime as Atlanta overcame a 3-0 third-period deficit and Ville Leino’s first career hat-trick to beat Philadelphia.
After the Thrashers fought back in the final period, Andrew Ladd tied the game at 4-4 by scoring with 45 seconds left in regulation.
Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian and Tobias Enstrom also scored for the Thrashers.
The Flyers have lost five of eight.
In Saturday’s other action, it was:
‧ Devils 3, Islanders 2, OT
‧ Panthers 4, Lightning 3, OT
‧ Predators 4, Avalanche 2
‧ Blue Jackets 3, Hurricanes 2
‧ Canucks 4, Flames 3
‧ Rangers 3, Sharks 2 SO
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
‘FUN TIME’: Denver’s Nikola Jokic said that his team would not accept that anyone else is better than them and the opposition need to play much better than they do Just about everyone had LA versus LA written in for the NBA’s Western Conference finals, but the resilient Denver Nuggets have crashed the party. Behind Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 2009 to face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Game 1 is scheduled to be played tomorrow. This was no ordinary road. The Nuggets fell behind 3-1 in their first-round series against the Utah Jazz before bouncing back with three straight victories. Then they went down 3-1 to the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round before winning in Game 7
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two